04 Jan '12, 12am

Singapore Government online payment system down due to failure to renew domain name:

By Irene Tham, Technology Correspondent Citizens found themselves unable to pay for a host of government services online on Tuesday, after eNets went down for 11 hours. The problem happened because the company that runs the Internet payment scheme failed to renew its domain name, a check by The Straits Times showed. The company, Network for Electronic Transfers Singapore (Nets), had to re-register its enets.sg Web address by midnight, before it expired. But the renewal did not appear on a national registry of domain names until late Tuesday morning. Background story 'This is worse than the MRT train breakdown. What if the domain name expires on a Saturday afternoon, and Monday is a holiday? Should users be at the mercy of some organisation's incompetence?' Software architect Kelvin Chua, who has been working in the IT field for 14 years. He said that what had upset him was...

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